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For Heidi Dains, the choice to attend Waynesburg University did not happen at the most advantageous time, but fortunately for Dains, the choice has proven to be the right one.  Dains transferred to Waynesburg University a year after beginning her undergraduate education, and despite the challenges associated with transitioning to a new school, she has never looked back.

“My Waynesburg experience has opened my eyes to what an education can and should be. I’m very thankful to have made the transition to Waynesburg and I think that it was a very smart move in terms of getting the most out of my higher education.”

This summer, Heidi Dains, a junior business management major at Waynesburg University, is spending her time as an intern in the Customer Relations department of Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

On a typical day at Mylan, Dains handles calls from distributors and wholesalers regarding shipments, as well as interacting with other related departments.  This internship has allowed her to gain everyday experience through observation of and participation in transactions, deals and the process of communication internally and via outside parties.  In addition, Dains has had the opportunity to shadow people in both her department and neighboring departments, so as to gain a better understanding of what their jobs entail.  

Dains believes that her Waynesburg education has helped to prepare her by teaching her the importance of hard work and dedication.

“You need to be able to voice your opinion and have the courage and knowledge to successfully make moves in the right direction and you’ll get to where you want to be,” said Dains.  “The classes that I’ve taken at Waynesburg have proven helpful during my internship because we are taught real-life skills and all completely relative material.”

In addition, Dains has found the supportive atmosphere of the Waynesburg community to be beneficial in helping her to grow as an individual.

“Waynesburg is different because you build strong relationships with your professors, and those who have more experience are always willing to help you no matter what,” she said.  “You’re not just another student, because someone is always looking out for you and your best interest.”

For Dains, Neely Lantz, instructor of business administration, has proven to be one of those people. In addition, Dains credits Lantz for helping her to set up her internship opportunity and for being someone she could count on for advice and resources.

Upon her graduation from Waynesburg University, Dains plans to attend graduate school, with the ultimate goal of starting her own business or making a career out of something she loves.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Derrion-May.jpgFrom age 12, the ocean fascinated Derrion May. While walking along the shore of the Indian River Lagoon in Sebastian, Florida, on vacation, the waves captured his interest and evoked a feeling of adoration for marine life that would later lead him to pursue a career in marine biology.

This summer, May, a junior marine biology major at Waynesburg University, spent 10 weeks at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. While there, May served as a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) intern through the National Science Foundation (NSF), working alongside marine microbiologist Dr. Kim Ritchie. The opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research related to coral reef restoration and marine microbiology enabled him to attend workshops, present research findings and network with colleagues and other researchers with the ultimate goal of making marine systems more sustainable.

May credits his Waynesburg education, specifically the variety of courses and life skills he has gained, as having prepared him for receiving such a distinguished opportunity.

“Without passionate professors from multiple disciplines and Waynesburg’s goal [of] implementing faith, learning and service in every aspect of the campus, this opportunity would not [have been] possible,” said May.

May also credits a shared love and passion for ecology and the level of mentorship provided by his advisor, Dr. Wayne Rossiter, assistant professor of biology, for his undergraduate success.

“I have always looked up to him from the moment we met the fall of 2012, and I knew that he was serious about seeing his students succeed,” said May. “During my time at Waynesburg, he has always been able to [lead] me in the right direction, whether it is with classes or looking into potential fields of research.”

May believes that his time at Waynesburg University has given him many opportunities to excel in various areas such as leadership and faith as well as in his major.

“Waynesburg has taught me something each year on how I can strengthen my faith, ways which my boundaries can be expanded as a leader and how I can actively make a difference in my vocation.  Whenever I graduate from Waynesburg, I can confidently say that I was given the unique opportunity to excel in the field of my choice.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0675_20150717-154747_1.JPGLike most 18-year-olds trying to decide what it was that I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I was confused, lost and arguably disoriented. As I heard classmates speak of their future plans, neatly organized into a college major and future profession, I felt the panic start to sink in. 

Though I had already committed to Waynesburg University for the fall of 2012 and had declared my major as accounting, I was far from certain that I would spend the rest of my life crunching numbers. Nonetheless, in August of 2012, I embarked on my journey at Waynesburg University. 

In my first semester as a business major, I did exceedingly well, earning a 4.0 and ending the semester with good rapport with my professors whom ensured me that I held promise in my pursuit of a career in accounting. I regarded my successes as a good sign, and thought that maybe I wasn’t as lost as I had thought.

I continued on in the program, taking another accounting class in which I continued to excel, but deep down, I knew that I was lacking a passion for my studies. At times, it took a great deal of effort to bring myself to study my business textbooks. 

On the other hand, the College Composition course that I enrolled in during my second semester commanded my attention. I loved that it allowed me to write persuasively and develop compelling, fact-based arguments about hard issues facing our society. In other words, I was hooked and wanted to know where this new- found passion could lead.  

I decided to email my professor, Mrs. Nofsinger, and ask to meet with her to discuss my fascination with her course and my desire to learn more about career options. As a freshman, I was not yet aware of the relationship-centered culture of Waynesburg University, but I was about to discover what the university that I enrolled in was all about. 

My professor invited me to join her for lunch to discuss what was on my mind. We talked for an hour and she suggested I take a journalism course, promised me books for further exploration and recommended that I visit the counseling center for more vocational guidance. She also informed me that if I ever needed anything, to just let her know.

I was blown away by her kindness, but after meeting with several other professors and faculty members to discuss my options and smooth out the details of changing majors, I quickly discovered that this kindness was simply the Waynesburg way. Flash-forward to my senior year as a student in the Department of Communication, and I now know that my professors are not just teachers; they are mentors and personal resources there to encourage and offer advice to students when possible. 

Though unsure of the path I had chosen upon graduating high school, I could not be happier with my decision to come to Waynesburg University. While initially lost, I found my way in the loving atmosphere that is Waynesburg University. 

 

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Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, assistant professor of sociology, attended and instructed at the Summer Institute of Catholic Social Thought in Enugu, Nigeria. Dr. Olagoke also wrote an abstract on immigration that was accepted for presentation at Eastern Sociological Society in February of 2015. 

Dr. Keith Rieder, professor of psychology, presented for the Hostage Negotiators for the State Correctional Facilities in Pittsburgh, Fayette, and Greene Counties in January 2015. Dr. Reider also began serving on the Lay Ministry Committee for the Washington District of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church and teaching at the Lay Ministry School on Pastoral Care by Laity in February of 2015.

 

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Sara Clutter, associate professor of nursing, was recognized as a reviewer in two new publications: the Grove, S.K., Gray, J.R., & Burns, N. (2015) for her research titled “Understanding nursing research: Building an evidence-based practice” (6th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier and Melnyk, B.M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2015) for research titled “Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice” (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. She also spoke at WVU’s Ph.D. residency event in October 2014.``

Erin Martin received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. Martin is a lecturer in nursing.

Laurel Miner joined the University as instructor of nursing in the fall of 2014. She received her B.S.N. from Duquesne University and M.S.N. degree from Walden University.

“Progression Testing,” the work of Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing and professor of nursing, was accepted to be published in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Education in August of 2014.

Kimberly Stephens, co-director of DNP program and assistant professor of nursing, presented two poster presentations at the 2014 Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SWPONL) Nursing Leadership Conference in October 2014.

Kimberly Whiteman, co-director of the DNP Program and assistant professor of nursing, presented three poster presentations at the 2014 Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SWPONL) Nursing Leadership Conference in October 2014.

Nursing students enrolled in Clinical Prevention and Population Health provided health education counseling and blood pressure screening at the Washington County Senior Expo on Sept. 18, 2014, and provided health education on oral health through the Smiles for Life Program for Greene County children aged K- 6th grade Sept. 26 and 29, 2014.

Waynesburg University sent 45 undergraduate nursing and pre-med students to the Women’s Health Conversations Conference Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at the Westin Convention Center Ballroom in Pittsburgh, Pa. Almost 1,000 women and 50 speakers from across the country attended the annual conference, which includes sessions and classes including book signings; breast cancer awareness; concussion discussions; a diabetes panel; diet and exercise expertise; the art of medicine; the healthcare system; stress, risk and sleep issues and more. 

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) reaccredited Waynesburg University’s nursing programs for the next ten years. The University was notified by the CCNE Board of Commissioners in November of 2014 that its baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), master's degree in nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs met all four CCNE accreditation standards with no compliance concerns related to the key elements of any of the standards.

The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in November of 2014. The University’s program was one of only three baccalaureate programs out of 37 in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This year’s feat marks the program’s sixth year of achieving the 100 percent pass rate.

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